(I'm just taking a break from work, so brief response.)
There have been several discussions along these lines in recent months; a targeted search will no doubt bring them to light.
Terms like "painful wrist," "painful arm," and such may help, or someone may remember exactly where the threads are.
I'm a non-surgery survivor of CTS, but it's very difficult to do what I did: I stopped all hand work, including my music, for 15 years....so I could keep working. It wasn't much fun, but at the time there weren't nearly as many options as there are now.